Studio: Novel Jumpstart



Charlotte Lit's Zoom Room 1
Charlotte, NC

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Writing a novel is hard work worth doing—and the hardest part for a first-timer is not knowing what you’re doing. This four-week mostly-asynchronous studio will help you decide if you want to write a novel, and if so, will help make the journey must less fraught. Through recorded lectures, readings, online discussions, and short assignments, we will examine the structures of stories, protagonists and their journeys, story worlds, story time, genre, point of view — and the habit, discipline, and support needed to get it done. Note: This is a great choice if you're considering applying for Authors Lab, which begins in the fall. This class is four weeks of asynchronous learning, Sunday, April 3 - Saturday, April 30, 2022, with two optional Zoom sessions on Monday, April 4 and April 25 at 6:00 p.m. Non-member registration includes a one-year Charlotte Lit General Membership.


About the Instructors: Megan Rich is the author of two books, a YA novel and a travel memoir. She’s currently revising her third book, a literary-fiction novel inspired by The Great Gatsby. Meg is a graduate of University of Michigan, where she participated in a highly selective creative writing program, and a recent graduate of the Lighthouse Writers Workshop Book Project Program in Denver, Colorado. She has taught creative writing for twelve years, working with students of all ages and in all genres. Meg pioneered Charlotte Lit's weekly Pen to Paper writing group and serves as a coach in Charlotte Lit’s Authors Lab program.

Paul Reali is the co-founder of Charlotte Lit, is co-author of Creativity Rising, and the editor of three annual editions of Big Questions in Creativity. His work has appeared in the Winston-Salem Journal, InSpine, Office Solutions, Lawyers Weekly, and others. His fiction has been awarded first place in the Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story and Ruth Moose Flash Fiction competitions, and he received a Regional Artist Project Grant from Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council in 2018. Paul has an M.S. in Creativity from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State.

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